M. Bailey Hirschburg

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With over a decade of cannabis reform advocacy with the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), Bailey was Washington NORML’s Legislative Associate during the 2017-18 legislative sessions and the only lobbyist focused solely on recreational cannabis policy. He’s currently the consumer representative on the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board’s Cannabis Advisory Council. Bailey has a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and lives in Lacey, Washington with his wife.

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (December 12, 2018)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday December 12th WSLCB Executive Management Team meeting. My top 3 takeaways: WSLCB Enforcement is drafting a letter to retailers regarding compliant medical cannabis products and enforcement of rules on accompanying and on request materials (audio – 9m). Chief of Enforcement Justin Nordhorn reported the letter is intended, in … Continued

WSLCB – Board Meeting (December 12, 2018)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday December 12th WSLCB Board Meeting. My top 3 takeaways: Board members approved three Board Interim Policies (BIP) following briefings from Policy and Rules Coordinator Kathy Hoffman. Board Interim Policy BIP-06-2018 addresses a licensee’s ability to utilize their own money in their cannabis business prior to vetting required by … Continued

Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee – Work Session (December 3, 2018)

Here are some observations from the December 3rd Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee work session. The committee heard updates on cannabis topics from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB), the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) and the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA). My top 3 takeaways: WSLCB Director of … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (November 28, 2018)

Here are some observations from the November 28th WSLCB Executive Management Team meeting. My top 3 takeaways: Chris Thompson, WSLCB Director of Legislative Relations, and Research Consultant Trecia Ehrlich presented the agency’s draft Home Delivery of Medical Cannabis Study (audio – 48m). The study was requested by the legislature at the behest of Representative Shelley … Continued

WSLCB – Board Meeting (November 28, 2018)

Here are some observations from the November 28th WSLCB Board Meeting. My top takeaways: WSLCB board members approved the initiation of rulemaking for changes in required signage at cannabis retailers (audio, video, notice, issue paper, CR-101). Policy and Rules Coordinator Kathy Hoffman explained that recent changes to notifications for pregnant customers on packaging and labeling necessitate similar … Continued

Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee – Work Session (November 16, 2018)

Here are some observations from the November 16th Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee Work Session. Industry and agency representatives updated committee members on the status of the state’s cannabis industry. The committee invited the Washington CannaBusiness Association (WACA), The Cannabis Alliance, and the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) to testify. My … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (November 13, 2018)

Here are some observations from the November 13th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Director of Legislative Relations Chris Thompson updated the board on cannabis legislative topics which could emerge in the 2019 session (audio). Thompson anticipated advocates may propose bills on social use, availability of medically compliant products, excise tax exemption for patients, … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (November 6, 2018)

Here are some observations from the November 6th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Board Member Russ Hauge describes a “calm before the storm,” with few actions taken but significant events fast approaching (audio). The Spokane Tribe is interested in entering into a cannabis compact with the state. Nine of Washington’s 29 federally-recognized tribes … Continued

WSLCB Wednesday Meeting Summary (Oct 31, 2018)

Here are some observations from the October 31st WSLCB Board Meeting and the Executive Management Team meeting. My top 3 takeaways: During Wednesday’s Board Meeting, action was taken on several cannabis items. The Board adopted a revision of their interim policy which enables licensees to phase-in the packaging and labeling (PAL) rule requirements adopted in … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (September 11, 2018)

Here are some observations from the September 11th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Chris Thompson, WSLCB Director of Legislative Affairs, requested Board approval to move forward on the agency’s five legislative requests for the 2019 session, including a bill to expand the agency’s authority to define and implement mandatory budtender training (transcript, audio). … Continued